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Join us for Post-Conflict Recovery Week this year, as we focus on JMU Dukes Changing the World. CISR is proud to present an exciting lineup of JMU/CISR alumni who are “being the change" working in international and humanitarian affairs. Speakers will include JMU alumni at the U.S. Department of State, the Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI)—a mine detection dog nongovernmental organization—and the Lwala Community Alliance. In addition, CISR will host a “Mutts & Mines” event with MLI and local Harrisonburg businesses as well as an art exhibition with the JMU School of Art, Design and Art History, which will be featured at Clementine as part of Harrisonburg’s First Fridays Downtown.

The schedule of events (subject to change) for the week of April 3–6 is as follows:

  • TUESDAY, April 3 at 11 a.m.–1 p.m.CISR hosts MLI for “Mutts and Mines,” a look at the role of mine detection dogs in humanitarian demining efforts. Students are encouraged to bring their dogs to be awarded with treats while participating in a mock detection game on the JMU Festival Lawn.
  • TUESDAY, April 3 at 7–8 p.m.: Elise Becker, vice president of operations at MLI, holds a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a Bachelor of Arts in international relations and affairs from James Madison University. In her role at MLI, Becker manages the organization’s primary landmine assistance program, the Mine Detection Dog Partnership Program. She will present in Miller Hall 1101, and a catered reception follows the event.
  • WEDNESDAY, April 4 at 12–1 p.m.: Meet the U.S. Department of State Frasure-Kruzel-Drew Memorial Fellows, including JMU alumna Victoria (Price) Matkins ('15). A lunch will be provided at the event at Funkhouser House, 1077 South Main St.
  • WEDNESDAY, April 4 at 7–8 p.m.: CISR hosts a panel of JMU/CISR alumni currently working at the U.S. Department of State. The panel will present in Miller Hall 1101 with an introduction by CISR Director Dr. Ken Rutherford. After Q&A, a catered reception will follow the event. Panelists include the following:
    • Geary Cox II is assistant program manager at the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM/WRA), and previously worked as a program manager and project coordinator for CISR at JMU. Cox was the 2012 recipient of JMU’s All-Together-One award. He is pursuing a doctorate in strategic leadership at JMU, holding a Master of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Arts in English and political science from JMU. 
    • Eric Keefer is assistant program manager at PM/WRA and was a JMU Frasure-Kruzel-Drew Memorial Fellow at PM/WRA. He holds a Master of Arts in political science and government, and a Bachelor of Arts in justice studies from JMU.
    • Kate McFarland is a program manager at the U.S. Department of State and was a JMU Frasure-Kruzel-Drew Memorial Fellow at PM/WRA. McFarland holds a Master of Public Policy from George Mason University, and a Bachelor of Arts in history and English from JMU.
  • THURSDAY, April 5 at 7–8 p.m.: Daniele Ressler is impact director at the Lwala Community Alliance and previously worked as a research consultant at International Rescue Committee, as well as country director and deputy country director in Uganda at Innovations for Poverty Action; director of operations at Innovations for Poverty Action-Kenya; and program manager/research specialist at CISR at JMU. Ressler holds a Master of Science in political economy, and violence, conflict and international development from SOAS University of London; a Master of Public Administration from JMU; and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology/social work from Eastern Mennonite University. She will present in Miller Hall 1101, and a catered reception will follow the event.
  • FRIDAY, April 6 at 5–7 p.m.: In collaboration with the JMU School of Art, Design and Art History, CISR partners with professors and students to create artwork based on post-conflict recovery issues to raise awareness at JMU and in the wider Harrisonburg community. A reception with the student art exhibition on display will be at Clementine in Harrisonburg during First Fridays Downtown.

PARKING

No parking permits will be necessary. All regulations for JMU students, faculty and staff will remain in effect, and students attending the event are required to park in appropriate student parking lots with a JMU parking permit.

Note that regular enforcement will continue in other parking lots, and guests may receive parking citations if parked in restricted lots. Guests are prohibited from parking in specialty spaces such as service-vehicle spaces, handicap spaces without proper permit or expired meters. They are also prohibited from parking in fire lanes.

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For questions about the events, please contact Jennifer Risser at risserje@jmu.edu.

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